FP2: Mercedes back on top but Alonso still second

Lewis Hamilton returned Mercedes to the top of the timesheets during second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday afternoon. The Briton delivered a time of 1:38.315 on the Soft compound tyres to lead Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by 0.141 seconds, while team-mate Nico Rosberg completed the top three.

Hamilton, who complained of understeer on his first run, blitzed the final sector of the lap, setting comfortably the quickest time of the afternoon in that part of the circuit to knock Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso off top spot by 0.141s.

The full results:

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.315 25
2 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.456 0.141 28
3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.726 0.411 30
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.811 0.496 30
5 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.015 0.700 31
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:39.118 0.803 25
7 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:39.283 0.968 25
8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.491 1.176 29
9 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:39.537 1.222 36
10 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:39.648 1.333 26
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:39.736 1.421 30
12 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.744 1.429 29
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:39.759 1.444 28
14 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:39.830 1.515 25
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:40.124 1.809 32
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.359 2.044 32
17 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.395 2.080 30
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:40.455 2.140 12
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:42.327 4.012 27
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:43.473 5.158 30
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:43.530 5.215 32
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:43.679 5.364 32